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Timber Harvesting, Regeneration, and Best Management Practices Among West Central Alabama NIPF Owners

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Timber harvesting, forest regeneration, and best management practices have major environmental and productivity impacts on NIPF lands in the South. This paper presents data on NIPF owner's knowledge and implementation of such practices. Satellite imagery was used to locate recent clearcut tracts on NIPF land in west-central Alabama. Forest regeneration, waterway protection, and other measures of site condition were determined by field inspection. Fifty-two tract owners responded to a mail survey questionnaire which included demographic, forest practices, attitudinal, and forestry knowledge questions. Comparison of survey responses with field inspection reveals that NIPF owners who are satisfied with postharvest conditions in their forests are inclined to regenerate harvested stands and plan future harvests. Most owners appear knowledgeable about the regeneration status of their forests and have taken steps to achieve regeneration. In contrast, few owners recognize the need for best management practices (BMPs) to protect adjacent waterways, and fewer still have implemented adequate BMPs. South. J. Appl. For. 18(3):116-121.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry, Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5418

Publication date: 1994-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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